Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent posts on Trauma

Our Emotional Reactions to Terrorism

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Face It!
Here's how to untangle the confusing array of emotions we feel in the aftermath of terrorist attacks.

Noticing Random Acts of Kindness

How our best hope for healing the world may start with a cup of coffee.

Storming on Bastille Day

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Play in Mind
Sometimes, we learn most when things go haywire.

There's No One "Right" Reaction to Childhood Sexual Abuse

By Ariel Gore on July 24, 2016 in Women and Happiness
A writer who wrestled for years with the feeling that she'd been "doing her sexual abuse wrong" finally gets comfortable owning her experience.
Malerie Willens

Can Trauma Improve Our Psychological Health?

The impact of trauma is complex. Not all of it is bad, and sometimes it may even be good.

Inside the Mind of the Munich Mass Killer

This kind of conundrum has led some psychiatrists to suggest mass or spree killers suffer from a rare disorder so far unclassified and unknown in the textbooks.
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Traumatic Grief

As mass violence is becoming more prevalent in our society, we are becoming a nation of mourners.

Mom With Metastatic Cancer Talks About Resilience

From time to time I receive inspiring letters from people who have encountered my work and are kind enough to share their lives. Here is one such letter that brought me to tears.
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Coping With Large Scale Tragedies

By Susan Noonan MD on July 20, 2016 in View From the Mist
Are you caught in the trap of information overload when bad things happen?

Parenting While Traumatized

By Guest Blogger on July 19, 2016 in The Guest Room
Parenting is not an easy task. Imagine how much more difficult it must be to parent after surviving a childhood trauma.
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How to Talk to Kids about Mass Shootings and Attacks

How can we help kids cope with violent tragedies? Use a few simple guidelines.

The Walking Traumatized: Is This Life in the 21st Century?

Is the 21st century the era of the Walking Traumatized. Ongoing acts of terrorism with 24/7 news and social media coverage would indicate that the answer is yes.

Identity Can Change Even After Death

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on July 17, 2016 in Good Mourning
Identity is not fixed at death—some times new information or values can change the way an individual is perceived even long after their death. This can deeply affect grief.
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5 Signs of Abuse in Relationships That Aren’t Physical

Domestic violence is often thought of in its physical forms, but emotional and psychological abuse are just as devastating.

Unmanned: An Unnatural History of Human Castration

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in How We Do It
Deliberate castration, long used to punish criminals and prisoners of war, has also yielded harem guards and has been inflicted on young boys to stop their voices from breaking.

Scientists, Police, and the New Civil Rights Revolution

As the US desperately searches for answers to police-community tensions, do social scientists have an obligation to dive into the national conversation? History says yes.

Coming Home to Tibet: Author Tsering Wangmo Dhompa

"Coming Home to Tibet: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Belonging" is a wonderful new book that explores the people and land of Tibet. Here is an interview with the author.

The New Normal: Helping Accident Survivors Move Forward

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in The New Normal
A new blog about auto accident recovery issues.

Guess How Many Life Traumas Make Us Stronger—Up to Four!

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 11, 2016 in Open Gently
Overcoming physical challenges and also weathering traumas like a divorce make us stronger. In fact, up to four big traumas will leave you more resilient than a charmed life.

3 Things Not to Say After the Dallas, MN, and LA Shootings

Not sure how to respond after the recent shootings? Here's how to help without letting words get in the way.
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What I Wish the Police Knew About REBT

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on July 08, 2016 in Fearless You
Could healthier thinking have prevented Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Dallas?

Connecting Child Maltreatment and Behavior Health Problems

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in Stop The Cycle
About 13% of US children have mental health and/or substance abuse problems. Prevention and treatment must consider child maltreatment as a possible factor to address.

Study: Some PTSD May Result From Blast Concussion

By Eric Newhouse on July 07, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
Researchers find a distinct pattern of scarring in the brains of soldiers who experienced concussive blasts and believe they may have caused post traumatic stress disorder.
Josephine Ensign

Writing Through Trauma

On writing and living through complex trauma.

Mourning? - Yes. Forgiveness? - No.

I do not understand why the principle of forgiveness is held in such high esteem. The process by which we come to terms with the past is through mourning.
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Writing Your Narrative From Trauma to Addiction: 4 Prompts

As an advocate of writing for healing, my experience has shown that childhood trauma can lead to addiction in adulthood. Writing one's story is a way to heal. Blog offers tips.
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Advise and Consent

Protection of human subjects involved in clinical research has become an important guiding principle only in recent years.
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Where Have All the Lifeguards Gone?

Do you need some extra support in your child abuse recovery process?
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Trauma and Sleep: Treatment

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Sleepless in America
People who have suffered trauma often experience sleep problems. Treating sleep disorder such as nightmares and insomnia can help facilitate the treatment of trauma related stress.

Cortisol and PTSD, Part 3

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Yehuda about cortisol, intergenerational transmission of stress, and the future of PTSD treatment and research. Here is part 3 of our interview.